Microsoft's Surface event: How to watch new hardware debut live on Sept. 22

It's been nearly a decade since Microsoft surprised the tech industry with its first Surface hybrid tablet. Until that moment in 2012, Microsoft had primarily been a software company. Fast-forward to 2021, and Microsoft is a hardware veteran, making well-regarded Surface tablets, la

Telegram blocks Russian opposition "Smart Voting" bot during vote

The Telegram messenger app blocked the "Smart Voting" bot of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after Apple and Google did similarly Friday at the launch of the three-day parliamentary vote in Russia. The bot, which instructed Navalny supporters which candidate they should back to unseat Kremli

This Dell gaming laptop with an RTX 3050 is just $750

Grabbing any of Nvidia’s new GPUs for less than a grand is unheard of, but today, you can grab a Dell G15 gaming laptop for just $750, nearly $300 off the initial list price. It may not have the same extraterrestrial curb appeal as Dell’s Alienware laptops, but this G15 still has

iPhone 13 release date: Apple's new phones ship on Sept. 24

Apple's iPhone 13 made its debut at Tuesday's Apple event, along with the new Apple Watch Series 7 and iPad Mini 6. As was rumored, we're getting four new versions of the iPhone -- a base iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max -- follo

S. Korea fines Google almost $180m for market abuse

 South Korea’s antitrust watchdog fined Google nearly $180 million on Tuesday for abusing its dominance in the mobile operating systems and app markets, it said, the latest in a series of regulatory moves against tech giants around the world.The penalty came weeks after South Korea pass

Instagram 'Favourites' will allow users to prioritise accounts in their feed

Facebook-owned Instagram is working on a feature ­­– Favourites – for its iOS app, which will allow users to set a priority to accounts that will appear further up the feed, making them more likely to be seen. Currently, Instagram users have to rely on Facebook's algorithm to

iPhone 13 may ditch 64GB storage model altogether

The iPhone 13 series is set to debut on Tuesday at Apple's California Streaming event. Right before the launch, speculations are rife about how the new iPhones will shape up. A new one suggests that Apple might go with 128GB as the baseline storage on its iPhone models in the series.   Appl

Yandex is subjected to the most powerful cyber attack

This past weekend, the Russian company Yandex was hit by an unprecedented distributed DoS attack. This was stated by a spokesman for the company in an interview with the Russian newspaper "Vedomosti". The newspaper, quoting sources in "Yandex", said that the company and its cloudflare service, wh

Please look away: Robot's gaze can alter human behavior

Ever made eye contact with a robot? Those who have say it can be a rather unsettling experience. Scientists even have a name to describe the unusual feeling: the "uncanny valley." Now, thanks to researchers in Italy, we also know it's more than just a feeling. A team at the Istituto Italiano Di

Twitch sues two 'hate raiders' linked to automated harassment campaigns

For much of the last month and a half, Twitch has fought a losing battle against a phenomenon called “hate raids.” These attacks see malicious individuals use an army of bots to spam a streamer’s chat with hateful language, and almost always they target creators from marginalized

Faded Internet Pioneer Yahoo Gets New Boss

One-time internet giant Yahoo, which has undergone recent ownership changes and strategic pivots, announced Friday that Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone will be its new chief as the company looks for new opportunities. When Lanzone takes over as chief executive officer on September 27, he will inherit a co

Twitter tests emoji-style reactions on tweets

Twitter wants to give users more ways to express how they feel about a tweet. Currently, Twitter users click on a heart icon if they want to "like" a tweet. On Thursday, Twitter said it's testing Tweet Reactions, giving users the option of clicking on emojis such as a laughing crying face, a sad

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max powers up gaming, streaming for $55

Amazon's range of streaming devices just got a little larger with the unveiling of the company's flagship player, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Amazon says the Max is 40% more powerful than the popular $40 Fire TV Stick 4K and comes with a quad-core 1.8GHz processor. This should t

Please, Never Call Me Through Gmail

In the fires of the covid-19 pandemic, the Age of Always Online was forged. Everybody works from home now, and so work life and home life have completely blurred together into an indiscernible slop of constant optimization, with no clear delineation between being “at work” and &ld

Twitter 'Communities' feature lets people form groups to tweet about topics

Twitter is testing a new tool, Communities, which lets users publicly tweet in a group about specific topics. The experiment builds on Twitter's efforts to make it easier for its users to find tweets about topics they're interested in. Twitter already lets users follow specific topics. The c

Apple's iPhone 13 is coming next week. Here's everything to know about its release date

Get ready! Apple's iPhone 13 will make its debut on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST). Similar to last year's announcement of the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 event will be online-only due to concerns about the pandemic. Although the event will be all virtual, we're expecting to see four

Security researcher updates OMG Cables to record user keystrokes

Security researcher Mark Green, (who goes by MG) has revealed to the Vices team at Motherboard that he and his team have upgraded their version of a hacked Lightning cable in a way that allows a hacker to record keystrokes and then to send the data to a designated site. This would allow

Turkey fines Whatsapp for violating privacy rules

Turkey's data protection authority has fined WhatsApp nearly $235,000 for violating privacy rules, local media reports. According to reports, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) announced that it had fined WhatsApp 1,950,000 Turkish lira and ordered the app to bring its privacy